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John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
5:00 am CDT March 17, 2020
The motion picture "Contagion" has been in local theaters for a few weeks.

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Thank you President Jacoby for re-sharing your prescient column.

Do readers know that for over 100 Wilmette had a Board of Health until it was recently disbanded? Did you know that under President Bielinski, the village closed the Health Department ended the village nurse and sanitarian positions?

You can read how seriously the village addressed public health around the turn of the prior century here. I can't include a link to the archived book found in Google Books "Revised Ordinances of the Village of Wilmette" But on page 36 is the table of contents for the board of health chapter, which reads:

CHAPTER IX
BOARD OF HEALTH
1. BOARD ESTABLISHED.
2. BOARD TO GIVE ADVICE—INVESTIGATE CONTAGIOUS DISEASES, ETC.
3. DUTIES-ADOPT MEANS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF DISEASE—REQUIRE VACCINATION.—PENALTY.
4. HEALTH OFFICERS—MAY BE APPOINTED–DUTIES OF.
5. HEALTH OFFICER—BOND.
6. HEALTH OFFICER—FURTHER DUTIES OF.
7. DUTIES AND POWERS.
8. POWER TO DISINFECT PREMISES—ETC.—PENALTY.
9. NOTICE OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASES TO BE POSTED–PENALTY.
10. BOARD TO HAVE CHARGE OF HOSPITAL–FURNISH SUPPLIES-ETC.
11. PHYSICIANS TO REPORT CASES OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE.
12. HOTEL, BOARDING HOUSE KEEPERS AND OTHERS TO NOTIFY BOARD.
13. PERSON WITH CONTAGIOUS DISEASE NOT TO BE REMOVED WITHOUT PERMIT, ETC.
14. SCHOOLS—-JURISDICTION AND DUTIES REGARDING.
15. SCHOOLS—CHILD NOT VACCINATED NOT TO BE ADMITTED.
16. EVIDENCE OF VACCINATION.
17. BOARD TO VISIT SCHOOLS.
18. SCHOOLS-TEACHERS SUBJECT TO PENALTY.
19. PEST HOUSES, HOSPITALS AND QUARANTINE STATIONS.
20. QUARANTINED–PERSONS NOT TO ENTER OR LEAVE BUILDING, EXCEPT, ETC.—PENALTY.
21. FUMIGATING PREMISES-REGULATIONS CONCERNING.
22. EPIDEMICS—REGULATIONS CONCERNING.
23. EXPENSES-HOW PAID.
24. GENERAL PENALTY.

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